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Arthur Willis

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Arthur Willis (1873-1941) of BTH

1942 Obituary [1]

WE regret to record the death, on December 25th, of Mr. Arthur Willis, who was for many years a member of the B.T.H. Company's traction staff.

Mr. Willis was born in September, 1873, at West Molesey, Surrey, and was educated at Christ's Hospital, London.

He served his apprenticeship to mechanical engineering at Bow, attending classes at the East London Technical School (now Queen Mary College).

After working for several years for Sir Frederick Bramwell, consulting engineer, and Mr. W. H. Patchell, chief engineer of the Charing Cross and and Strand Electricity Supply Corporation, he joined the traction department in the London offices of the British Westinghouse Company, Ltd. He gained a good deal of traction experience with that firm and with the Westinghouse Brake Company, Ltd., and the Metropolitan Carriage, Wagon and Finance Company, Ltd.

In September, 1912, he joined the B.T.H. staff as section leader in the traction drawing-office at Rugby, and from 1915 to 1939 he was engaged on commercial engineering work in connection with electric railway traction.

He became an associate member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1907 and was made a Freeman of the City of London in July, 1934.

He retired in October, 1939, and from then till the time of his death ee lived mainly in Coventry.

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